Sunday, 30 May 2021

1884 ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong Museum Series Depicts China Trade Art.


  ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong Post continues to issue very attractive stamps. It’s new issue programme is clearly excessive but the stamp designs are generally excellent and tell Hong Kong’s story beautifully as its approaches its end of days as an international political entity and, one assumes, also as a philatelic entity (The People’s Republic of China, daily tightening its grip on political freedoms inside the former British colony, must surely suppress it entirely over the next five to ten years). So let us make the most of Hong Kong new issues while we still have them.

  A beautiful set of 6 stamps and 3 miniature sheets (2 containing a single stamp and the other a ‘mini-pane containing 2 of each stamp) was issued on 25 May 2021 as part of the ongoing ‘Hong Kong Museums Collection’ (an annual issue), this time depicting 19th century ‘China Trade’ paintings. The issue was designed by Shirman Lai and lithographed by Cartor, the $20 miniature sheet also having ‘3D embossing’. The stamps are perforated 14 x 13.5 with the $10 and $20 miniature sheets being perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- *****.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น MaltaPost issued a set of 4 stamps on 28 May 2021 on the subject of Old maps. The 50c value also includes the inscription ‘sepac’ as its contribution to this year’s mini-omnibus series. Generally I think maps as subjects for stamp designs do not work well especially if the maps have a lot of detail on them. This is the case with this issue, designed by MaltaPost plc using images supplied by the Malta Map Society. The stamps were lithographed by Printex and are perforated 14. Rating:- **.

  As May draws to a close we return to the list of Commonwealth philatelic entities which have not so far issued, or are not known to have issued, or not have issued on their behalf, any new postage stamps during 2021:-

Aitutaki Cook Islands



Brunei Darussalam


Cayman Islands

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus 












Niuafo’ou Tonga

Papua New Guinea

Penrhyn Cook Islands

Pitcairn Island

Rarotonga Cook Islands

Ross Dependency


St Kitts

Saint Lucia


Sierra Leone

Solomon Islands



Trinidad And Tobago

Turks And Caicos Islands




  That is a total of 39 philatelic entities, down from 41 at the end of April and 54 at the end of March. I include a total of 88 territories in my list of Commonwealth philatelic entities and so 49 of these have now issued stamps in 2021.

1 comment:

  1. Last May, the Mozambican government announced that it decided to abolish the state owned postal service, Correios de Moรงambique... I think, for now, unfortunately, this is another philatelic dead country.